President Trump claims “fake news” journalists aren’t telling the real story in Puerto Rico, even though reporters are on the ground witnessing the devastation firsthand.
CNN’s Leyla Santiago was born on the island and she has been reporting from there since Hurricane Maria made landfall nearly two weeks ago. She told Brian Stelter on Sunday’s “Reliable Sources” that large swaths of land are still inaccessible.
She said journalists often have found that they’ve arrived in some regions before first responders.
In Santiago’s hometown of Corozal, she said cancer patients sought refuge in a classroom. The room had been without power for six days because its generator stopped running.
“They have no power, no medical attention, no food,” she said. “Help is not arriving.”
The Trump administration’s upbeat take on its response to Puerto Rico has not always matched the harrowing images and video coming from journalists stationed on the island.
And questions are piling up about whether the administration’s actions to address the crisis are sufficient.
Trump has fired back against those criticisms. This weekend he attacked San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz after she said Puerto Rico was “not a good news story.” Cruz was responding to remarks made by acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, who had earlier said she was “very satisfied” with the federal response and called it a “good news story.”
On Sunday, Trump doubled down.
“We have done a great job with the almost impossible situation in Puerto Rico. Outside of the Fake News or politically motivated ingrates, people are now starting to recognize the amazing work that has been done by FEMA and our great Military,” he tweeted.